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Despite the financial and economic constraints in the country, the Lagos State Government says it has been up to date with the payment of pensions and salaries.

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, said this even as he disclosed that the state’s revenues had significantly fallen with the cost of providing essential services rising astronomically.

The governor, who was represented by Commissioner for Establishment, Training, and Pension, Dr. Akintola Benson, said this at the first bi-annual Lagos State Public Service Joint Negotiating Council meeting.

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He said that in the face of all odds, the state government had been committed to the advancement of the cause of the welfare of all stakeholders in Lagos State and in the public service in particular.

He said, “Lagos pays salaries and pensions as and when due in the midst of biting financial and economic constraints in the country. It has also embarked on projects that have both tangential and direct benefits on all officers of the Lagos State Public Service and the state at large.

“These are the maintenance and opening up of new roads in the state; implementation of the light up Lagos project; continuing implementation of the housing for all programme in the rent-to-own project; acceleration of the ‘Eko Atlantic City’ project, the building and rehabilitation of pedestrian bridges at Berger Bus stop, Ojota and at many other locations; expansion of bus stops and provision of additional buses for the Bus Rapid Transit initiative and qualification for recognition as one of the 100 resilient cities in the world, an award earned as a result of the governor’s innovative leadership, investments in infrastructural development and widening influence.”